I’m kind of struggling here. I’m trying to catch the excitement that I had for the artwork I did in New York, but have yet to capture in Connecticut. Most of my work here, has come out boringly representational. I kind of realize the elements I’m missing…
I did put human objects as subject matter, and work heavily on a design with them. Abstract them, to a certain point. Here are some NYC that show my focus.
The closest thing I’ve done like that in Connecticut is this. It leans too far the the pure representational side.
Anyway, I think I know what I have to do to get back on the road!
I have a veterinarian hospital interested in my work, in a town that’s right over the state border. That’s Brewster, NY. If anyone of my readers is old enough to remember the TV show, “That Girl’, the Marlo Thomas character lived in Brewster before she moved to NYC. It’s a very pleasant little town.
Anyway, enough of old TV shows. The veterinarians are looking for artwork to decorate the waiting rooms…a cat room and a dog room. As you can tell….I’ve got the cat room covered. Dogs, not so much…haven’t drawn a lot of dogs. After all, I have an inner cat, not an inner dog.
The only dog drawings I can think of are these:
In memorial of a good friend’s pet who left to go over the Rainbow Bridge:
And one I did as a commission for a charity. Unfortunately, nowhere can I find my digital copy of it.
But, back to cats….there’s one I forgot about. It’s this one, called “Kitten”
Not one of my favorites, but here’s a closeup of the kitten:
So, expect me to be doing a lot of dog pictures soon. Also, remember the Bott Shoppe I showed in in Mamaroneck, NY? There’s going to be a Pet Art Show on April 11, at 172 East Boston Post Road. I will have a drawing of a cat in it. Sorry, dog lovers.
Since I drew a picture of a cat. I call myself a cat lover? Ha! When I’ve neglected to draw one in over a year?
So, I’ve done one. I’m just not sure of it….it’s different. So, I’m holding onto it for a review in the morning. Don’t know if I like or not, because…it’s different.
A while back I did a drawing of my cat Pumpkin. It’s okay, but I started drawing from my imagination, rather than look at what I was drawing, and work from that. I ended up with something which looks more like an illustration in a children’s book, than anything else.
For those of you who are cat lovers, and I know many of you are..just a sad note. Pumpkin has been diagnosed with feline leukemia. He won’t be with us for more than a couple of years. All those years as a street cat, in street fights, took their toll.
I actually miss Manhattan. Unfortunately, there was no magic way to teleport from Queens to Manhattan, and vice versa, so I was stuck, along with millions of others…with the subway. I’ve seen some beautiful artwork romanticizing the subway, but it’s not a romantic memory to me.
But yes, I do miss Manhattan. It’s the part of New York that songs are written about, movies are filmed in and life is as glamorous as it sounds. The only way I would move back to New York, is if I could live in a comfortable home in Manhattan, but that takes lots of money and lots of luck.
So, you may wonder, what brought this up now? It’s autumn, and it’s the time when I remember the sycamore tree out front shedding its leaves, and revealing the beautiful Manhattan Skyline. So, here’s a memory of those times:
For the drawing I’m working on.
Not sure if I like this….It came out kind of spooky looking. It may end up in the flat file, never again to see the light of day. But, for what it’s worth….here’s the finish of Scraggly Weed.
In my diversified Queens neighborhood, action is being taken to remove the real life, scraggly weed. The Turkish man, whose garden is graced by this plant, stopped his car and started pantomiming to my landlord…..a lawn cutter, and trimming shears.
Then, my landlord went across the street to talk to our Irish neighbor. My landlord, like the Italian stereotype, talks with his hands. Not just his hands, his whole body. I could see in his moves, him describing the huge weed. If there was music, it could have been a ballet. The Irish neighbor, who has gardening tools, seemed unmoved.
But for those who haven’t visited Queens (there’s really not much reason to) here’s what our neighborhood looks like. It’s pretty typical.
Evidently, the charity that I send my drawings to had a problem with its venue…so my work will be sent back. Maybe they’ll find someplace else in the future.
But in the meantime, more about “Connecticut Landscape Fantasy”. Sometimes, I like to do a composition based on real places, but in a free-flowing mode, using typical elements of that place. In the past I did one of the Oregon Coast, which has since been lost. Here’s an example I do have, it’s called “Merritt Parkway Fantasy”, which I did many years ago. For those of you not in the area, it is a main highway in Connecticut. Sorry, picture a little fuzzy.